Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Discrimination Against Russian Jews in Israel

Discrimination Against Russian Jews in Israel

by Stephen Lendman

America is the developed world’s most unequal country economically. Israel is close behind - a chasm in both nations exists between rich and most others, growing exponentially. Social injustice is rife.

US Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis (1956 - 1941) once said nations have a choice - democracy or concentrated wealth in few hands, never both. America and Israel were never democracies, for sure not now.

Beginning in the late 1980s under Mikhail Gorbachev, hundreds of thousands of Russian Jews emigrated to Israel - for large numbers, failing to find what they came for, driving many to leave.

On August 29, the Jerusalem Post headlined 26 years of Russian aliya: Segregation, poverty and police brutality,” saying:

Since the late 1980s, “(o)ver a million repatriates from the former Soviet Union came to Israel, where they became ‘Russians.’ “

New arrivals included doctors, engineers, scientists and other professionals. Despite contributing to Israel’s economy and culture, “their problems aren’t addressed but rather keep piling up, while being completely overlooked.”

Russians face discrimination. “(R)acist slurs and stereotypes” taunt them…The glass ceiling is more impenetrable than ever.”

“(T)he percentage of ‘Russians’ in senior positions and public office is much lower in proportion to their percentage within the Israeli society. There are no ‘Russian’ CEO’s in the ministries, which means that they are being ignored and not considered for promotions.”

They’re harassed, beaten by police and wrongfully detained - children treated as abusively as adults. Authorities admit harsh treatment, even though they’re good, law-abiding citizens.

Around 200,000 elderly Russians will “get peanuts for pensions” at retirement - even though they spent up to a generation in Israel’s workforce. 

They’ll get the equivalent of around $750 dollars a month maximum - sub-poverty in Israel’s high cost of living economy if they have no other sources of income or enough savings.

Otherwise, they’ll have to rely on children for support. A newly created Forum of Russian-speaking Israelis includes “journalists, researchers, sociologists and PR professionals,” said the JP.

They “united to work on solving all the problems mentioned above before” - raising awareness, organizing protests and seeking ways to “ease the burden” of elderly Russian nationals approaching retirement.

They intend pressuring Netanyahu for help. Various MKs support them. Media coverage helps their cause. They got results. A government commission will look for ways to solve their problem - including stopping police brutality discussed above.

Forum members want Russian Jews treated as equal citizens. About 720,000 Russians now live in Israel. Their numbers are shrinking as many vote with their feet and leave.

At one time, 20 Russian nationals held Knesset seats. Today it’s 13 out a 120-seat body. The Russian immigrant tide left for a better life in Israel. Most were hugely disappointed.

They’re frustrated and angry for good reason. They were sold a bill of goods to come - empty promises they discovered. For many, the cost of living is overwhelming. Low pay and dwindling benefits make it hard to make ends meet. They pay high taxes and get little back in return.

Widespread emigration is an ongoing process getting little media attention. It’s a politically charged topic. Departing Russians either go home or head to Western countries willing to accept them.

Ex-pats leaving way outnumber new arrivals. Life in Israel rewards its privileged few. Russian immigrants get short shrift.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.


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California School District Serves Organic Meals

California School District Serves Organic Meals

by Stephen Lendman

The scientific and world community know GMOs harm human health. So why does Washington and other governments permit their use - and in America, ban labeling, suppressing vital consumer information?

Ecowatch asked: “What if we could feed our students the nutritious, delicious and sustainably sourced food they truly deserve?”

Sausalito, California Marin City School District is the nation’s first one offering “100 percent organic and non-GMO” foods to children. Why aren’t all US school districts doing the same thing?

Why aren’t only foods and ingredients safe to eat allowed to be sold in America? The Conscious Kitchen says it’s dedicated to a systematic transformation of school dining, to the health and well being of our children, and to a thriving future for our planet.”

It’s contracted to supply meals for Marin County’s Bayside MLK Jr Academy and Willow Creek Academy. 

The student-led Turning Green global movement for “conscious living” and a healthy planet launched the project in August 2013 - together with Cavallo Point Lodge, Sausalito Marin City School District, Whole Foods Market and Good Earth Natural Foods.

Ecowatch said since initiated, “the program saw a steep decrease in disciplinary cases, increased attendance and a greater sense of community.”

Turning Green founder Judi Shils said “(s)tudents everywhere are vulnerable to pesticide residues and unsafe environmental toxins. Not only does this program far exceed USDA nutritional standards, but it ties the health of our children to the health of our planet. It’s the first program to say that fundamentally, you cannot have one without the other.”

Offering children safe, nutritious, toxin-free foods, is the best way to develop their young bodies and promote health.

Conscious Kitchen-supplied schools accompany their meals with nutrition and gardening education. It explains the dangers of GMO consumption.

It uses the acronym FLOSN to explain foods it supplies - Fresh, Local, Organic, Seasonal and Non-GMO. What if every food supplier in America operated by the same standard? 

Imagine a food supply fit to eat. Imagine the way it was long ago before agribusiness became dominant - mass marketing toxins masquerading as wholesome, nutritious foods.

Cavallo Point Lodge’s consulting chef for The Conscious Kitchen. Justin Everett, says “(b)y embracing fresh, local, organic, non-GMO food, this program successfully disrupts the cycle of unhealthy, pre-packaged, heat and serve meals that dominate school kitchens” - junk foods unfit to eat by anyone.

The Conscious Kitchen says foods are safest, best and of highest nutritional value when come “straight from farm to fork.” It uses no processed, preserved or frozen ingredients. Above all, no GMO or chemically contaminated foods and ingredients.

It calls its policy “a no-exceptions rule.” Imagine if governments operated by the same standard. Imagine a healthy America - not one plagued by epidemic levels of illness, obesity, depression and other public health issues.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.


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Venezuela Reveals New Evidence Against Opposition Leader Leopoldo Lopez

Venezuela Reveals New Evidence Against Opposition Leader Leopoldo Lopez

by Stephen Lendman

Lopez is a US-funded anti-Bolivarian fascist politician. In January 2014, he and defrocked former National Assembly member Maria Corina Machado launched a La Salida (the Exit) campaign, openly calling for replacing Venezuela’s government.

Street violence followed for months. Dozens died, many others injured and arrested. February 2014, Lopez was detained. 

At the time, prosecutors held him responsible for murder, terrorism, conspiracy, incitement to crime, setting fire to a public building, damaging public property, public intimidation, and inflicting serious injuries. 

President Nicholas Maduro compared him to 2002 coup plotters. “There you have the face of fascism,” he said. “They should go behind bars. For us, what's important is to govern and to make sure that groups like these don't do any more damage to the country.”

Last December, Venezuela's state prosecutor's office indicted Machado - charging her with conspiracy in a plot to assassinate Maduro. 

Email evidence was damning - Machado saying "I believe the time has come to join forces, make the necessary calls, and obtain the financing to annihilate Maduro…and the rest will come falling down." 

Venezuela's public prosecutor's office said: 

“Whoever, from inside or outside the national territory, conspires to destroy the nation's republican political style will be punished by eight to 16 years in prison.”

In July 2014, Lopez’s trial began, punctuated by delays. It remains ongoing. On August 31, Telesur said Venezuela’s Public Prosecutor’s office issued a statement saying exhaustive investigation proved Lopez’s guilt.

“After 70 hearings in the case and 108 examined evidence, the Prosecutor's Office concluded that Lopez publicly called upon his supporters to attack the government building, an event in which six government vehicles and the building's library were set on fire, in February 2014,” Telesur explained.

He posted over 700 Twitter messages - promoting protests and opposition to Venezuelan authorities.

The Public Prosecutor said evidence showed his aim “was to alter the peaceful coexistence between Venezuelans, defy the authority of the country’s institutions and disregard the law.”

His trial may be nearing an end. Sentencing could come in weeks. He was involved in the aborted 2002 two-day coup against Chavez - saved from prosecution by a presidential general amnesty. He’s gotten National Endowment of Democracy (NED) funding since the Bush administration.

He, likeminded Venezuelan fascists and Washington want Bolivarian fairness ended - replaced by governance for privileged interests exclusively, returning the nation to US client state status.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.


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Violence and Instability on Russia's Border

Violence and Instability on Russia’s Border

by Stephen Lendman

Events in Ukraine (and Eastern Europe) target Russia - part of Washington’s longstanding regime change agenda, wanting US-controlled puppet governance replacing Russian sovereignty, eliminating a key rival power, giving America access to a huge new source of vital resources.

Perhaps Victoria Nuland’s dirty hands were involved in Monday Kiev riots, previous unrest this year and likely more to come. Washington is displeased with Poroshenko. Former Ukrainian MP Vadim Kolesnichenko said US officials are considering two replacements:

Valentin Nalivaichenko, former Ukrainian security service head, or Sergei Levochkin, former Yanukovych chief of staff. A previous article explained Ukrainians overwhelmingly despise Poroshenko. Calls persist for him to step down. Replacing him won’t surprise anyone.

Meanwhile, war on Donbass rages. Western media largely ignore daily shelling by junta forces - including attacks on residential areas, hospitals, schools and other nonmilitary targets.

An unverified late August report from an unnamed source said the following:

“(C)ylinders of toxic gases and containers of poisonous substances were delivered to the technological facilities of high-voltage insulators plant in Kramatorsk street, town of Slavyansk.”

“There's chlorine in cylinders, not less than five covered wagons, also other containers with contents I know nothing about labeled with words and signs “poison,” “danger,” “do not touch without protection.” 

“All of it was brought in under the guise of varnishes and paints, but I know the look of the packaging of both, and whatever was brought here last week has got nothing to do with it. It looks like a chemical weapon.” 

“They don't let anyone in the warehouse. There is round-the-clock guard in military uniform without insignia. All the time there's been some strange hustle and bustle.” 

Soldiers “boasted that separatists will be given a big washing, from which they will puke blood. Our guerrillas have verified this information. There is understanding that the Ukrainian military and Security Service are preparing a provocation against the Novorossiya militias having intent to show them use chemical weapons against civilians.”

“Harm as many civilians as possible. Show dead bodies on TV for Europe and America to intervene. This is actually why I am calling from Slavyansk, we don't want to be Guinea pigs and die for Poroshenko or America.” 

“Tell everyone that Kiev is preparing a provocation with chemical weapons…This information was confirmed by at least one source in the region, an employee of a major transportation company engaged in the transshipment of cargo from rail to road.” 

“According to this source, the dangerous cargo was jointly accompanied by intelligence services of Ukraine and military, and in full cooperation with the central and local authorities.”

If a major chemical weapons attack on Donbass occurs, the source will be proved right. It won’t be the first time. Kiev used toxic substances and cluster munitions against area freedom fighters earlier. Western media ignored what happened.

On August 30, Voice of Sevastopol (VOS) headlined “ ‘Moscow Must Burn!’ Right-Wing Extremists in Ukraine Mobilize,” saying:

“(R)ight-wing volunteer militia leader Dmytro Korchynsky” has a large following in Ukraine. “I want to lead a crusade against Russia,” he said.

“Our goal is not only the expulsion of the occupiers, but also vengeance. Moscow must burn.”

Reuters said Korchynsky wants to create a Christian “Taliban movement.” VOS reported 40 (right-wing, ultranationalist) volunteer militia groups active in Ukraine.

Many of their members were Maidan protesters involved in ousting the former Yanukovych government. VOS said they pose a serious threat to the current regime - especially if they have US backing over dissatisfaction with Poroshenko, prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and other Kiev officials.

They demand Poroshenko’s ouster, imposition of martial law, full-scale war on Donbass,  “unity” of Ukraine by any means necessary, and perhaps disruptive activities against Russia.

On Monday, Moscow’s EU envoy Vladimir Chizhov said Ukraine’s constitutional changes violate the letter and spirit of Minsk - calling for Donbass “special status” self-governance.

Poroshenko rejects it - saying constitutional amendments he proposed prohibit “special status.” Chizhov accused him of introducing changes without consulting Donbass officials as required by Minsk, excluding their rights, flagrantly violating ceasefire terms.

“I think the core of the problem is the inability, or unwillingness, or both, of the Ukrainian government and President Poroshenko to sit down and negotiate directly with representatives of Donetsk and Lugansk,” Chizhov explained.

Donetsk Parliament Speaker Denis Pushilin said “(w)e do not recognize what is going on now in the Rada (parliament) as we know for sure that the amendments proposed by Poroshenko are just an imitation of the Minsk agreements implementation.”

The rights of Donbass residents are excluded from Kiev’s parliamentary debates. Policies directed by Washington call for continued war, defeating Donbass freedom fighters and maintaining instability on Russia’s border. 

America’s agenda heightens the possibility of direct confrontation - a reckless policy risking the use of nuclear weapons for the first time since WW II.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.


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Monday, August 31, 2015

Abbas Building Lavish West Bank Presidential Palace

Abbas Building Lavish West Bank Presidential Palace

by Stephen Lendman

Palestinians under PA governance are ill-served, abused, lied to and exploited. Abbas is an illegitimate president - installed by Israel in a 2005 rigged election. His term expired in January 2009. He refuses to step down.

He’s a longtime Israeli collaborator - enforcing its harshness against his own people. Betrayal pays well. Reportedly he amassed a fortune worth hundreds of millions of dollars - profiting from secret land deals, other investments and grand theft.

US and EU funds were stolen. Operations are opaque. Irregularities are rampant - transparency nonexistent.

While Palestinians endure enormous economic and financial hardships struggling to survive, Abbas is spending millions of dollars building a lavish presidential palace near Ramallah. It’s reported $13 million cost may end up double or triple that amount before completion.

According to the Palestinian Economic Council for Development and Reconstruction (PECDAR):

“The goal of this project is to establish the Presidential Guest Palace in Surda, Ramallah within an area of 4,700m2, along with a building for the Presidential Administration and Guards with an area of 4,000m2, the construction process includes also preparing the surrounding area and two helipads, the project will be constructed over a land area of 27,000m2.”

PA finances are strapped. Last March, an emergency budget was approved after countries pledging aid reneged. Spending enormous sums on wasteful luxury shows greater contempt for Palestinian needs than already.

Abbas’ staged PLO head resignation along with five other Executive Committee members was a ruse - a thinly veiled scheme to tighten his grip on power.

Former PA legal advisor Diana Buttu criticized the move, saying he’s “trying to make it seem as though he is actually legitimate by having one of the Palestinians’ policy bodies re-elect him, and he is trying to get rid of those who openly dissent.” 

“He is using an illegitimate mechanism to make himself legitimate. We have no idea what will happen next when this man will finally decide to say goodbye. We are getting to the point where everything is consolidated to him.” 

Committee member Ghassan Shaka’ah lied claiming “(t)here resignations are needed to renew the work and legitimacy of the PLO Executive Committee.” 

“They are needed to inject new blood in the PLO. The dangerous conditions in the region require that we all strengthen our internal situation to confront Israeli aggression and escalation.”

Abbas and close PA cronies support Israel’s war on Palestine, including naked aggression on Gaza three times since December 2008. They’re longtime Israeli enforcers - terrorizing their own people in return for special benefits derived.

Former PLO secretary-general Yasser Abed Rabbo removed by Abbas to eliminate a rival called the mass resignations a “silly charade” - subterfuge to consolidate power, continue business as usual.

Hamas called it an Abbas power play - undermining chances for unity governance, playing into Israel’s hands, assuring harder times ahead for Palestinians, including maintaining Gaza’s siege. 

Nothing in prospect suggests relief for long-suffering Palestinians - especially under Abbas-run Judas governance.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.


It airs three times weekly: live on Sundays at 1PM Central time plus two prerecorded archived programs. 

Maidan 2.0 Erupting in Ukraine?

Maidan 2.0 Erupting in Ukraine?

by Stephen Lendman

A previous article explained overwhelming anti-regime opposition. Ordinary people are fed up with economic conditions creating enormous hardships - ignored to enrich privileged interests and wage war on Donbass.

Sporadic protests erupted various times before - again Monday in front of parliament violently after police stopped thousands from storming the building, led by Right Sector Nazis, likeminded Svoboda party extremists and other ultranationalist elements. 

Whether Monday’s violence signals the beginning of Maidan 2.0 remains to be seen. Elements involved include the most extremists segments of Ukrainian society - hooligan supporters of Nazi-era Stepan Bandera’s Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN-B). He collaborated in mass executions and ethnic cleansing.

If these elements gain power, fascist Ukraine on steroids will follow. The entire country could explode in violence - a reign of terror in Europe’s heartland, perhaps spilling cross-border, affecting neighboring countries Belarus, Hungary, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Russia, potentially embroiling the entire continent in conflict.

Live fire and a grenade thrown at police exploded during Monday clashes. Reports indicated five or more security forces killed, 10 hospitalized in serious condition, and scores of people wounded.

Internal affairs minister Arsen Avakov reported 100 or more injured, likely many more casualties if disruptions continue.

Dozens of arrests were made. “Investigation and punishment are inevitable,” said Avakov. “Around 30 people are detained. There will be more. The person who threw the grenade has been caught. Grenades have been seized, including an F1 maximum destruction grenade.”

Russia’s lower house State Duma International Affairs Committee chairman Alexey Pushkov commented on Monday’s riot saying:

“(Ultra)nationalists in Ukraine want to assert full and unquestionable power of radical forces. (N)either  Merkel nor Hollande nor the Minsk agreements will help.”

Poroshenko “has to maneuver. He has to show Europe that he controls the situation in the country. However, I think that he can manage it less and less. And today’s events in Kiev demonstrate that (he) does not have complete control over the situation.” 

He may be losing it altogether. He’s an impotent puppet taking orders from Washington. Pushkov expects continued deterioration.

“The Kiev regime will try to prove that Ukraine is a European country ready to accept the so-called European values,” he said. “But the Right Sector and the Svoboda party and other ultra-nationalist groups using Nazi ideas are not ready to accept the so-called European values.” 

“They are ready to fight only for ultra-nationalist dictatorship in Ukraine. Here, I see a considerable conflict potential between Poroshenko and” and anti-regime elements.

Their alleged anger over constitutional decentralization amendments is misguided. They reject special status for Donbass. Poroshenko was clear in opposing it - flagrantly violating Minsk terms. 

Whether turbulence in Kiev can be contained remains to be seen. Maybe Monday’s eruption is the start of something bigger.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.


It airs three times weekly: live on Sundays at 1PM Central time plus two prerecorded archived programs. 

US Presidential Aspirants Irresponsibly Bash Putin

US Presidential Aspirants Irresponsibly Bash Putin

by Stephen Lendman

Putin’s advocacy for peace, stability and multi-world polarity along with opposing US imperial lawlessness makes him America’s public enemy number one - recklessly bashed at a time US/Russian cooperation is vitally needed to avoid the unthinkable, a possible devastating nuclear confrontation.

US presidential aspirants represent America’s lunatic fringe - pro-war neocons talking tough on Russia, proliferating Big Lies, ignoring good sense. 

Jeb Bush irresponsibly called Putin a “bully. Ultimately I think to deal with (him) you need to deal from strength,” he said.

“He’s a bully. You enable bad behavior when you're nuanced with a guy like that. I'm not talking about being bellicose - but saying 'here are the consequences of your actions,’ that would deter the kind of bad outcome we don't want to see.”

“Who can doubt that Russia will do what it pleases if its (nonexistent) aggression goes unanswered?”

Bush urges stiffer sanctions and a muscular military response (including “more robust”  exercises near Russia’s border) short of war.

In contrast, Donald Trump says “I’ll get along well with Vladimir Putin.” Asked to elaborate, he explained “I didn’t say I admire him.”

At the same time, he claimed “(t)he problem we have is the people running China, Mexico, Japan. All of the leaders of those countries are much sharper, smarter, more cunning than our leaders and they're taking advantage of us.”

Marco Rubio calls Putin a “gangster” - “an organized crime figure who controls a government and a large territory.”

He “kills people because they're his political enemies. If you're a political adversary of Vladimir Putin, you wind up with plutonium in your drink or shot in the street.”

He calls Russia a major threat to US security. “We have a gangster running the largest nuclear stockpile in the world.”

Scott Walker absurdly calls his anti-union agenda a signal of his toughness against Putin. Lindsey Graham accused him of “mucl(ing) (his) way around Europe.” 

“What (he’s) trying to do is market the strongman concept. He has a brand and (it’s) to be in your face and say, ‘(w)e’re not going to be pushed around by the West.’ “

Ted Cruz calls Putin a “thug.” The “only negotiation that can be effective with (him) is from strength.” Chris Christie claims his brash style is needed to deal with Russia. “Vladimir Putin would never have to wonder what I thought was acceptable and what was unacceptable,” he said.

Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina calls Putin a “bad dude.” Rick Perry claims he “uses his energy to hold our allies hostage. If energy is going to be used as a weapon, I say America must have the largest arsenal.”

Mike Huckabee doesn’t know Palestine is occupied. He knows less about Russia, China and geopolitics. Rand Paul tries having things both ways. Earlier he distanced himself from Putin bashing. More recently he said “(i)f I were president, I wouldn’t let (him) get away with” anything.

Hillary Clinton believes EU leaders are “too wimpy” with Putin. Last year, she outrageously compared him to Hitler and Russia to Nazi Germany.

Paul Craig Roberts believes if elected president, she’d be “more likely to go to war with Russia” than any other aspirant.

Bernie Sanders brags about being more anti-Russian than Obama. “You’ve got to totally isolate them politically,” he says. 

“You’ve got to totally isolate them economically…You freeze assets that the Russian government has all over the world…International corporations have huge investments in Russia…You could pull them out…”

All Republican and Democrat presidential aspirants represent America’s lunatic fringe. Reject them all. None deserve popular support.

All endorse dirty business as usual - endless wars, corporatism over populism, and harsh crackdowns on resistance.

America is a money-controlled fascist police state. Expect worse than ever governance no matter who succeeds Obama in January 2017.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.


It airs three times weekly: live on Sundays at 1PM Central time plus two prerecorded archived programs. 

US Presidential Aspirants Resemble an FBI Most Wanted List

US Presidential Aspirants Resemble an FBI Most Wanted List

by Stephen Lendman

America is run by a criminal aristocracy - a one-party system with two wings, serving monied interests exclusively at the expense of beneficial social change.

Their agenda no matter who’s president or heading key congressional committees features: 

  • an obsession with national security at a time America’s only enemies are ones it invents;

  • waging phony war on terror;

  • endless direct and proxy wars of aggression;

  • more spent on militarism and belligerence than the rest of the world combined;

  • multi-billions of dollars in corporate handouts;

  • social injustice;

  • a draconian criminal justice system;

  • global black site torture prisons;

  • massive public and private corruption;

  • rigged elections;

  • controlled mass media; and

  • hardline crackdowns on nonbelievers.

Nations run this way are called police states. America is the world’s leading purveyor of state terrorism. It’s perilously close to full-blown tyranny - perhaps just another major false flag attack away.

Donald Trump wants to build the great wall of Mexico, sealing off America’s southern border from an economic refugee flood caused by destructive US trade policy.

Fellow presidential aspirant Scott Walker is best known for union busting, public worker wage cuts, doubling their health insurance and pension contributions, and firing any state employee opposing his draconian agenda by participating in strikes, work stoppages or slowdowns.

As president, he wants to build the great wall of Canada along the world’s longest border - from sea to shining sea, separating America from its northern neighbor, stopping a nonexistent immigrant and terrorist flood south, sealing off the nation’s border with Mexico the same way.

“Some people asked us about” walling off both countries, he said. “They raised some very legitimate concerns, including some law-enforcement folks that brought that up to me at one of our town-hall meetings about a week and a half ago. So that is a legitimate issue for us to look at.”

America spends huge sums on air and seaport security. Walker urges the same policy for the nation’s northern and southern borders.

He wants more than walls. Add an intelligence component, he urges - “for counterterrorism and the ability to go after the infrastructure (needed) to protect us.”

Fellow presidential aspirant Chris Christie wants foreign visitors tracked like FedEx packages. Nations obsessed with security like America destroy it altogether for its citizens.

America’s greatest threat is itself - against people worldwide wanting to live free from its scourge.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.

It airs three times weekly: live on Sundays at 1PM Central time plus two prerecorded archived programs.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.


It airs three times weekly: live on Sundays at 1PM Central time plus two prerecorded archived programs. 

Sunday, August 30, 2015

NYT Features Anti-Russian Propagandist

NYT Features Anti-Russian Propagandist

by Stephen Lendman

A previous article described Marsha Gessen as follows: She’s a US propagandist/Putin basher living in Moscow - a former controversial Washington controlled Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Russian Service director.

Her job then and now is proliferating anti-Russian/anti-Putin propaganda. Virtually everything she says and writes is rubbish - fabrications polar opposite truth.

No legitimate editors would touch her stuff. The NYT features it often - in lieu of independent contributors discussing hard truths everyone needs to know on issues mattering most - prohibited by Times editors, serving wealth and power interests exclusively at the expense of real journalism.

On August 28, Gessen headlined “Oleg Sentsov and the Kremlin’s Thin Skin.” Disinformation followed. More on this below.

On August 25, the North Caucasus District Military Court found Ukrainian filmmaker Sentsov guilty of conspiracy to commit terrorism in Crimea - sentencing him to 20 years imprisonment. His accomplice Alexander Kolchenko got 10 years.

After hearing the verdict, both defendants began singing Ukraine’s national anthem - whether a tacit admission of guilt let others decide.

Sentsov’s lawyers intend appealing. Attorney Dmitry Dinze called the treatment of his client “the height of injustice and arbitrary rule.”

“We do not think that the Supreme Court (will) change anything,” he added. 
Naturally, we are going to demand (both defendants) serve prison terms in Ukraine. But it’s going to be hard because (they’re) Russian citizens.”

Prosecutor’s charged Sentsov  and Kolchenko with involvement in setting up a Crimea-based terrorist group - responsible for setting offices in Simferopol ablaze in spring 2014, claiming they planned blowing up a statue of Vladimir Lenin, as well as destroying or damaging other Crimean facilities. Both men pleaded not guilty.

Sentsov is a Kiev funded filmmaker. In May, Poroshenko signed a decree - awarding him and dozens of other cultural and artistic figures state grants.

Sputnik News said he also “was charged with illegal acquisition, sale and possession of weapons under Russia’s Criminal Code.”

Gessen lied claiming his Crimean arrest was in Ukrainian territory - ludicrously adding “what made him a terrorist in the eyes of the Russian court apparently was the symbolism of his alleged crimes.”

Russian citizenship was forced on him, she maintained - wrongfully accusing Moscow of abducting other “foreign citizens on foreign soil and dragg(ing) them into its own courts” - ignoring Washington’s odious history of pressuring other governments to arrest individuals, extradite them to America to be prosecuted on fabricated charges.

In April 2014, Russia’s Foreign Ministry warned its citizens planning foreign travel - explaining they risked arrest and extradition to America.

“Without any reasons the US administration is refusing to recognize the reunification between Russia and Crimea that fully meets the international legal standards and the UN charter. It tries to make a routine practice out of hunting for Russian citizens in third countries with subsequent extradition and conviction in the USA, usually over dubious charges,” its ministry said.

Gessen failed to explain - proliferating anti-Russian propaganda in all her writing - selectively featured in The New York Times, malicious rubbish no legitimate editors would touch.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

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US Occupies Yemeni Island

US Occupies Yemeni Island

by Stephen Lendman

Fars News said “(t)he US has invaded and occupied Yemen’s strategic Island of Socotra (part of the Yemeni archipelago) in the Indian Ocean and is now building up its biggest naval base there, media reports said.” More on this below.

Obama’s war on Yemen using Saudi-led regional proxies is perhaps the region’s most destructive, underreported conflict - five months of genocidal war passing under the radar almost unnoticed. 

US major media report little about it. Other Western counterparts give it short shrift. 

Most Americans likely never heard of Yemen - for sure know nothing about raging conflict, planned and orchestrated by Washington - to return the nation to US client state status, putting millions of Yemenis in harm’s way, suffering because of a combination of US/Saudi aggression and blockade, creating a humanitarian crisis of epic proportions.

Casualties number in the many thousands more than officially reported. People are killed by war. They’re starving to death or dying from untreated wounds or diseases.

The entire so-called civilized world is dismissive - mindless that millions of Yemenis could perish before conflict ends. It could rage for years - perhaps replicating Washington’s endless wars on Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya and Donbass, plus almost entirely ignored covert ones and global destabilization.

Wherever America shows up, mass slaughter, destruction and appalling human misery follow. US media virtually ignore US direct and proxy aggression in multiple war theaters.

Scant reports, almost always in print media, read like Pentagon press releases - pure rubbish, bald-faced lies and coverup, ignoring Washington’s responsibility for genocidal slaughter, blaming victims for its crimes, standard procedure in all US wars of aggression to make the world safe for monied interests, enriching them more than ever.

In 2012, Washington began covertly deploying air, naval and marine forces to Socotra and Oman’s island of Masirah at the Strait of Hormuz’s southern exit point.

Socotra air and naval bases let Pentagon commanders monitor and control strategic Red Sea/Gulf of Aden/Persian Gulf waters. Plans for increased facilities and operations are highly classified.

Leaked reports suggest Washington has around 50,000 military forces on both islands - along with other regional strength, enough firepower to attack Iran or other regional targets if ordered.

Fars News cited Arabic-language Al-Masirah TV quoting a Spanish language newspaper saying “(h)undreds of workers from Asian countries have been deployed by the US navy to construct its biggest naval base on the island.”

What Pentagon officials have in mind is highly classified. Whenever US forces mass in a region, war usually follows - whether against current adversaries or new ones remains to be seen.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

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West Point Professor Calls Anti-War Legal Scholars Fifth Column Threats

West Point Professor Calls Anti-War Legal Scholars Fifth Column Threats

by Stephen Lendman

Lunatics in America aren’t just in Washington. London Guardian national security editor Spencer Ackerman explained West Point Law Professor William Bradford claims “legal scholars critical of the war on terrorism represent a ‘treasonous’ fifth column that should be attacked as enemy combatants.”

He wants them, their home offices, law schools where they teach and media outlets interviewing them targeted like radical Islamists - “even if it means great destruction, innumerable enemy casualties, and civilian collateral damage,” he wrote in an academic paper.

“Shocking and extreme as this option might seem, (dissenting) scholars, and the law schools that employ them, are - at least in theory - targetable so long as attacks are proportional, distinguish noncombatants from combatants, employ nonprohibited weapons, and contribute to the defeat of Islamism,” he claimed.

His National Security Law Journal article headlined “Trahison des Professeurs: The Critical Law of Armed Conflict Academy as an Islamist Fifth Column.”

He calls himself an “associate professor of law, national security and strategy, National Defense University.” Ackerman said an NDU source explained he was never a school employee or professor.

“It appears not to be the first time Bradford misrepresented his credentials,” said Ackerman. “He resigned from Indiana University’s law school in 2005 after his military record showed he had exaggerated his service. (Among his paper’s criticisms of supposedly treasonous lawyers is ‘intellectual dishonesty.)’ “

“The National Security Law Journal’s editor-in-chief has called the article’s publication a ‘mistake’ and an ‘egregious breach of professional decorum.’ “

“We cannot ‘unpublish’ it, of course, but we can and do acknowledge that the article was not presentable for publication when we published it, and that we therefore repudiate it with sincere apologies to our readers,” editor-in-chief, Rick Myers explained

Bradford leaves his targeted academics unnamed - substituting the acronym CLOACA (“critical law of armed conflict academy”) - part of GMAC (“government-media-academic complex”).

Its members include about forty scholars comprising an “aristocracy of senior government officials, elite media members, and university faculty, which squeezes non-members from public colloquy and shapes opinion on security, military and legal issues,” he said.

They “converted the US legal academy into a cohort whose vituperative pronouncements on the illegality of the US resort to force and subsequent conduct in the war against Islamism (represents a) super-weapon that supports Islamist military operations (targeting the) “American political will” to fight. 

They’re supported by “compliant journalists (succumbing to) defeatism, instinctive antipathy to war, and empathy for American adversaries.” 

Bradford is most concerned about anti-war lawyers. They “tilt the battlefield against US forces (and) contribute to timorousness and lethargy in US military commanders,” he claimed. 

They’re among other “useful idiots” who “separate Islam from Islamists by attributing to the former principles in common with the West, including ‘justice and progress’ and ‘the dignity of all human beings.’ “

He urges total US war on “Islamism” (the belief that ‘Islam should guide social and political as well as personal life’) (using) conventional and nuclear force (as well as psyops, either) prepar(ing) to coexist with the West or be utterly eradicated.”

“(T)hreatening Islamic holy sites might create deterrence, discredit Islamism, and falsify the assumption that decadence renders Western restraint inevitable.”

Bradford isn’t alone in his radicalized thinking. America’s war on Islam is longstanding. Post-9/11, Muslims have been America’s enemy of choice - denigrated for their faith and ethnicity, reviled irresponsibly as belligerent, culturally inferior, religiously fanatical, gun-toting terrorists.

Imprisoning them on fabricated charges. Holding them indefinitely under gulag conditions in Guantanamo and other US global black sites.

Pentagon military recruits are indoctrinated to hate Muslims, wrongfully demonized as threats - preparing impressionable youths for combat, sensitizing them to killing, waging phony war on terrorism, advancing America’s imperium - no matter how much mass slaughter and destruction it takes.

Bradford represents systemic sickness - driving a rogue state’s maniacal quest for world dominance at the risk of killing us all.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.


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